Dr Sarah Perkins
GW4 Director's Update
May 2019
Welcome to the GW4 Newsletter: your regular digest of GW4 news, funding and development opportunities.

This month we held an initial workshop on climate resilience for researchers across the Alliance to share ideas and explore collaboration opportunities. The meeting was extremely timely with recent national and global events, including the Welsh Government and GW4 universities Bristol and Exeter declaring a ‘climate emergency’. We have identified ‘Climate Resilience’ as one of our key research priority areas based on GW4’s multidisciplinary expertise across the network and I was enthused to hear so many research ideas and themes emerge from the workshop which we will look to develop over the coming months. 

This year GW4 celebrates its 5-year anniversary and as part of this I will be presenting to each University’s Senior Management Team, celebrating our considerable achievements and collaborations to date and sharing our exciting plans for the future. This month saw the first of these presentations, kicking off with the University of Bristol. Keep up to date with GW4 over the coming months to find out more about our anniversary plans and how you can help us celebrate.  
GW4 Climate Resilience Workshop
GW4 Climate Resilience Workshop 
The GW4 Climate Resilience Workshop held earlier this month brought together researchers from across the Alliance to explore how collaborative research can build on our region’s strengths to deliver the step change necessary within this broad research area. 

Each university showcased the breadth and depth of climate related research undertaken at their institution and breakout discussions between academics explored how interdisciplinary collaboration between GW4 could help tackle major research questions while identifying what resources and partner collaborations might be required.

Several key themes and initial ideas emerged from the workshop discussions, which we will support and develop in order to achieve our ambition. 

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GW4 and partners receive £6.6 million for major UK non-communicable disease prevention project

The University of Bristol, in partnership with fellow GW4 universities Bath and Cardiff, plus others has been awarded £6.6 million by the UK Prevention Research Partnership to tackle unhealthy urban planning and development linked to non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, obesity, poor mental health, cancer and diabetes.
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GW4 Isambard wins Best Paper

GW4’s supercomputer, Isambard, was awarded Best Paper at the 2019 Cray User Group Conference in Montreal this month.

Isambard is the first Arm-based supercomputer in the world to go into production use, and the largest Arm-based system outside of the U.S. Professor Simon McIntosh-Smith, the principal investigator for the Isambard project and a professor of high-performance computing at the University of Bristol, presented the first scaling results from a production, Arm-based supercomputer at the conference. 

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GW4 Funds PGR-led Mental Wellbeing Initiatives 

GW4 is funding four student-led Mental Wellbeing projects, as part of our GW4 PGR-led Mental Wellbeing Initiative, following a workshop for successful applicants to further develop their ideas. 

The Mental Wellbeing workshop took place last month at the Engine Shed in Bristol. Guided by Anna Britton, expert facilitator for wellbeing programmes, along with consultation from GW4 university Wellbeing Advisors, postgraduate students from across GW4 discussed their ideas and further developed collaborative proposals.

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GW4 Workshop: Community resilience, place and wellbeing in Bristol 

Funded through the GW4 Crucible programme, the Community resilience, place and wellbeing seed project has been conducting a scoping study of community resilience and wellbeing in Bristol, in collaboration with Bristol City Council.

Local residents and academics from across GW4 attended their workshop on Tuesday 21st May at the Victoria Rooms in Bristol to share their findings and consider how they might build on community assets to support local communities.

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Climate Resilience – What’s in a name?  

In our latest GW4 Opinion piece, Dr Freya Garry, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Exeter explores different meanings of resilience, following our GW4 Climate Resilience workshop.

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GW4 Research Data Management Tool

Do you have a research data management question?
Try out the GW4 Research Data Management Tool on the Portal.

The Research Data Management Tool is an interactive tool to help GW4 researchers find answers to research data management questions you may have. Find it on the GW4 Portal.

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GW4 Early Career Neuroscientists Day

The 2019 GW4 Early Career Neuroscientists Day will take place in Exeter on Monday 17th June. This event offers the opportunity for researchers across GW4 to discuss best practice, share experiences and hear directly from experts in their field. Deadline for registration is 3rd June.

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GW4 Nanomedicine Workshop

This one day workshop on 16th July at University of Exeter aims to bring together a consortium of multidisciplinary researchers to discuss key challenges and future directions. Registration is free but there are a limited number of places available. If you wish to present a ‘flash slide’ at the workshop the deadline to submit your PowerPoint slide 20th June​.

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GW4 Funding and Development Opportunities
GW4 is a collaboration between the University of Bath, the University of Bristol, Cardiff University & the University of Exeter. 

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